Medical Director, Campus Statewide Extended Treatment (Psychiatrist)

Australia (AU), Brisbane
$171044 - $216865
16 Nov 2018
16 Dec 2018
Psychiatry, Other
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time


Medical Director, Campus Statewide Extended Treatment (Psychiatrist) Child & Youth Mental Health Service

Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service (CHQ HHS) Child and Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS) provides specialised secondary and tertiary level health care for children and young people (birth to 18 years), and their families, who experience severe and complex mental health problems, where their needs cannot be met by other services. CYMHS provides comprehensive, recovery-orientated mental healthcare serviced that aims to improve the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people and their carer networks. Recovery principles are embedded into service delivery, culture and practice, providing consumers and their families, in collaboration with other services, access and treatment to a range of programs that will support and sustain recovery. 

CYMHS combines hospital and community-based facilities to provide free consultation, assessment and treatment of children and young people experiencing serious mental health disorders and problems with their carer network. CYMHS provides clinical services across a care continuum inclusive of the Queensland Children’s Hospital for campus-based and community-based mental health services across the Brisbane metropolitan area.  CHQ campus-based services include an acute response to emergency presentations, separate acute inpatient units for children and adolescents, a sub-acute day program, consultation-liaison services, tele-psychiatry (e-CYMHS), and a Gender Clinic and Statewide Service. Integrated with campus-based services are six CYMHS community-based teams, and specialist services including two Evolve therapeutic services, Forensics services, Infant Mental Health Services, an Eating Disorders team, a community based Day Program, Adolescent Mobile Youth Outreach Service (AMYOS), two Residential Rehabilitation Units, and the Adolescent Extended Treatment Facility, which is currently being commissioned.

CHQ CYMHS operates within the spectrum of integrated mental health services and other health services to provide high quality and sustainable services to the infants, children and young persons of Queensland. 

CHQ CYMHS also works with other HHSs to deliver an integrated network of mental health services and supports across the state.

An active consumer and carer participation program informs all aspects of the planning, development and delivery of services. 

Workforce development training and research activities are integral to CHQ CYMHS capacity to provide safe high quality mental health care.

About the Adolescent Extended Treatment Facility (AETF)

On 16 July 2015, the Queensland Government established the Barrett Adolescent Centre (BAC) Commission of Inquiry (COI) and, on 18 July 2016, publicly released the Government Response to the BAC COI Report with six recommendations accepted in principle. The Youth Mental Health Program was established to deliver on the Government’s Response, which included Recommendation 4 – to build a new bed-based facility in Southeast Queensland for young people with complex mental health issues and ensure patients have access to an integrated educational/vocational training program, being referred to as the Adolescent Extended Treatment Facility (AETF).

The AETF build and development of the statewide model of services treatment element is being progressed by the Department of Health, Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Branch (MHAODB) in partnership with the Department of Education, using a co-design model to engage and consult extensively with key stakeholders, especially consumers and carers. 
The AETF will be a purpose-built 12 bed statewide sub-acute inpatient unit and an integrated, co-located 10 place day program, operated by CHQ on the grounds of The Prince Charles Hospital, in Chermside, Brisbane. The AETF will work with other HHSs to deliver an integrated network of adolescent extended mental health treatment services across the Queensland. The AETF will deliver safe and responsive mental health care that effectively supports and enhances the mental health and wellbeing of young people aged between 13-18 years of age, with consideration of extending to 21 years of age, based on a young person’s developmental age. Construction of the AETF is being managed by the Youth Mental Health – Capital Program and is due to open in early 2020.  

CHQ HHS is leading the commissioning of this facility, including development of operational processes, workforce recruitment, and ongoing service provision and facility management.  

The AETF will be a designated mental health authorised site under the Queensland Mental Health Act 2016. 

The AETF will deliver mental health care integrated with educational and vocational training to young people in a safe and therapeutic setting by a multidisciplinary team, providing diagnostic assessment, and individualised, family and group evidence-informed clinical interventions and therapies. The service will have integrated onsite schooling provided by Education Queensland, to support the educational and vocational needs of both the inpatient and day program young people.

The subacute inpatient unit will be a statewide, Level 6 service as defined in the Clinical Services Capability Framework (CSCF). The 12 subacute inpatient beds will deliver safe and responsive mental health care that effectively supports and enhances the mental health and wellbeing of young people aged between 13-18 years of age, with consideration of extending to 21 years of age, based on a young person’s developmental age. The subacute beds are intended for adolescents across Queensland with severe and complex mental health issues that have not responded to other care options and who, in the judgement of the intake panel, will benefit from subacute 24/7 residential inpatient treatment for up to 6 months, with fully integrated, intensive therapy/rehabilitation and educational/vocational support. Adolescents will have severe, probably persistent symptoms associated with some level of risk to themselves and/or others which can be managed safely in a subacute setting and do not require the resources of an acute inpatient unit. They will have a primary mental health diagnosis, which will likely be associated with indicator of complexity (e.g. social isolation, role disengagement, complex trauma, developmental delays, family problems and disengagement) and co-morbidities (e.g. mental health problems, substance use disorders, intellectually disability, neurodevelopmental disorders, physical health issues). 

The day program will offer an additional 10 places to young people. Young people may attend Monday through to Friday to receive a specialised care plan that is based on clinical and educational needs. The day program will be utilised by young people in the sub-acute inpatient beds, and will therefore have the capacity to flex up to 22 participants. 

Your Opportunity   

The Medical Director, Campus Statewide Adolescent Extended Treatment (Psychiatrist) is a permanent full-time position that will provide clinical leadership to the AETF. The Medical Director will work in partnership with the Program Manager, AETF, who will provide operational leadership. The Medical Director role will have a 0.7 FTE clinical component, and a 0.3 FTE Medical Director component. The Medical Director will be responsible for maintaining Clinical Governance at the AETF and ensuring clinical adherence to the Model of Service Delivery and Model of Care across all programs. The medical workforce at the AETF will report clinically to the Medical Director.  The Medical Director will work collaboratively with the Program Manager, Campus Statewide Adolescent Extended Treatment, to ensure the AETF aligns with the CHQ Strategic and Operational Plans and maintains adherence to National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards.  

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Closing date 16 December 2018


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